Largaespada Lab Team

Principal Investigator

Post-Doctoral Associates

Emily Camilleri, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

ecamille@umn.edu

Wenliang Geng, MD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

geng0023@umn.edu

Flavia Popescu, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

pope0014@umn.edu

Sue Rathe, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

rath0096@umn.edu

Mark Sokolowski, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

msokolow@umn.edu

I am studying the NF1 gene and the neurofibromin protein. 

Barbara Tschida, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

ryanx403@umn.edu

I'm studying the genetic drivers of fatty liver disease-associated liver cancer using SB transposons for insertional mutagenesis and gene delivery in vivo.

Kyle Williams, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

kbwillia@umn.edu

PhD Students

Pauline Beckmann
PhD Student

pjjackso@umn.edu

Pauli's thesis work is focused on candidate oncogene validation in medulloblastoma

Sara Isakson
PhD Student

isaks047@umn.edu

My research focuses on Neurofibromatosis Type I syndrome using the pig as a preclinical disease model.

Bryant keller
PhD Student

kell1503@umn.edu

My project focuses on improving drug penetrance through perturbation of the Schwann Cell Tumor microenvironment in an accelerated Genetically Engineered Mouse Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor model.

Julia Nikrad
PhD Student

nikr0006@umn.edu

Emily Pope
PhD Student

My research is focused on characterizing the molecular drivers of canine astrocytomas as they relate to human disease. I am also working on molecular drivers of mammary cancer in a Sleeping Beauty mouse model.

Full bio

Branden Smeester
PhD Student

612-626-6971
smees001@umn.edu

In my research, I aim to develop an understanding of the genes and pathways that control osteosarcomagenesis in order to provide new targets for therapeutic development. 

German Velez Reyes
PhD Student

velez044@umn.edu

Understanding the mechanisms of malignant peripheral neural sheath tumor initiation and progression in NF1 Syndrome

Undergraduates

Mariah Berner
Undergraduate

berne068@umn.edu

Seyoung Cha
Undergraduate

chaxx139@umn.edu

Namrata Damle
Undergraduate

damle009@umn.edu

Justin Dunnell
Undergraduate

dunne068@umn.edu

Gabriel Kaufman
Undergraduate

kaufm272@umn.edu

Jack Knudson
Undergraduate

knuds190@umn.edu

Nicholas Koes
Undergraduate

koesx006@umn.edu

Ryan Krebs
Undergraduate

krebs155@umn.edu

Eishani Kumar
Undergraduate

kumar215@umn.edu

Kelly Kwong
Undergraduate

wongx499@umn.edu

Madeleine McMurray
Undergraduate

mcmur081@umn.edu

Patrick O'hare
Undergraduate

ohare010@umn.edu

Megan Olson
Undergraduate

olso6786@umn.edu

John Osborne
Undergraduate

osbor131@umn.edu

Bailey Perry
Undergraduate

perry520@umn.edu

Joseph Peterson
Undergraduate

pete01059@umn.edu

Zain Qarni
Undergraduate

oarni001@umn.edu

Esther (JiHae) Ryu
Undergraduate

ryuxx083@umn.edu

Lab Staff

Sam Finnerty
Lab Technician

finne203@umn.edu

Rebecca Godar
Administrative Assistant

612-624-0369
godar009@umn.edu

Wendy Hudson
Lab Manager/Lab Technician

hudso002@umn.edu

Alex Larsson
Lab Technician

larss012@umn.edu

Jason Ostergaard
Lab Technician

oster152@umn.edu

Nicholas Slipek
Lab Technician

slip0009@umn.edu

Nuri Alpay Temiz
Research Assistant Professor

612-626-6977
temizna@umn.edu

Sandra Wagner
Safety Officer/Lab Technician

hornx001@umn.edu

Past Lab Members

Hasan Acar, PhD

Dr. Acar is currently an Associate Professor at Konya University, Konya, Turkey

Raha Been, PhD, MBA, MS

Dr. Been is now a senior research scientist at Recombinetics, Inc., St. Paul, MN

Rachel Bergerson, PhD

Dr. Bergerson is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota

Corey Carlson, PhD

Dr. Carlson is now a staff development scientist at Beckman Coulter, Minneapolis, MN

Bridget Charbonneau, PhD

Dr. Charbonneau is now an associate consultant at Eli Lilly and Company

Lara Collier, PhD

Dr. Collier is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

Caitlin Conboy
PhD

Dr. Conboy is finishing the MD portion of her MD/PhD degree at the University of Minnesota

Adam Dupuy, PhD

Dr. Dupuy is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Craig Eckfeldt, MD, PhD
Hematologist/Oncologist

612-626-6019
eckf0002@umn.edu

Dr. Eckfeldt is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota

Full bio

Mark Gavin, MD

Dr. Gavin is now in private practice.

Aron Geurts, PhD

Dr. Guerts is now an assistant professor at Medical College of Wisconsin

Julia Hatler, PhD

Dr. Hatler is now a Commercial Development Manager at R&D Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Jennifer Hill, PhD

Dr. Hill is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Heath Science Center School of Dentistry, Houston, TX.

Karen Himmel, PhD, JD

Dr. HImmel is now a patent attorney

Won Il-Kim, PhD

Dr. Il-Kim is now a postdoctoral fellow at the lab of Dr. Scott Armstrong at Harvard University, Boston, MA

Vincent Keng, PhD

kengx001@umn.edu

Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnie University.

Morito Kurata, PhD

Dr. Kurata is now a postdoctoral associate at Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Jon D. Larson, PhD

Dr. Larson is now a postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Rebecca LaRue, PhD

Dr. LaRue is now a postdoctoral associate at the Supercomputing Institute at the University of Minnesota

Ming Li, MD

Dr. Li is now a staff endocrinologist at Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ

Adam Litterman, PhD

Dr. Litterman is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Francisco

Michaela Long-Tsai, MD

Dr. Long-Tsai is now in private practice

Chani Maher, PhD, MBA

Dr. Maher is now director of business operations at Pairnomix, Maple Grove, MN

Tracy Marko, PhD

Dr. Marko is now a medical student at the University of Minnesota

Josy Mathew, MD

mathe177@umn.edu

Dr. Mathew is now in private practice.

Kelly Morgan, PhD

Dr. Morgan is now a technical consultant to a law firm in Boston, MA

Branden Moriarity, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-625-2226
mori0164@umn.edu

Dr. Moriarity is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota

Full bio

John Ohlfest, PhD

Dr. Ohlfest was an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota and was instrumental in founding the Brain Tumor Program

Eric Rahrmann, PhD

Dr. Rahrmann is a cancer research associate at Cancer Research UK

Zohar Sachs, MD, PhD
Hematologist/Oncologist

612-626-7055
sachs038@umn.edu

Dr. Sachs is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Full bio

Jingmin Shu, PhD

Dr. Shu is now a volunteer

Tim Starr, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-625-4425
star0044@umn.edu

Dr. Starr is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Full bio

Jyotika Varshney, PhD

Dr. Varshney is now a veterinarian/scientist at Genentech, San Francisco, CA

Adrienne Watson, PhD

Dr. Watson is now a Senior Research Scientist at Recombinetics, Inc., St. Paul, MN

Anna Wiebke-Meyer, PhD

Stephen Wiesner, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Associate Professor

612-625-6465
wiesn003@umn.edu

Dr. Weisner is now an Assistant Professor, Allied Health Technologies, University of Minnesota

Full bio

Bin Yin, PhD

Zoe Zhang, MD
Chief Resident

Dr. Zhang is a neurosurgeron at Mount Carmel in Westerville, OH

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